The Canton-Massillon Metropolitan Area might not be currently known as a national bastion of the arts, but on September 21, Mount Union will become the hub of everything art-related in Stark County. The Mount Union Artfest is an annual tradition that invites artists and artisans from all over the area to showcase and share their work, right on the banks of the campus lakes.
Sponsored by both the University and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, Artfest showcases the work of both students and professionals, and gains approximately 3,000 visitors each year. Not only are the traditional forms of painting and sketching represented, but photography, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, fine crafts and more are on display.
“ArtFest is a diverse collection of arts and crafts,” said Dr. Margot Miller, department chair and professor of art at Mount Union. Miller also remarked that there is always a wide variety of artists present at the event.
Besides the art displays, food trucks and a live DJ will also be on the premises, adding to the enjoyable atmosphere. Face-painting and airbrush artists will also be present for the festivities.
Other than just being an opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their work, a judge’s panel will also be evaluating the art; they will present a multitude of awards based on aspects including the genre and medium.
If you have some free time before or after the football team decimates Baldwin Wallace, and you want to see (or even purchase) some amazing artwork, stop by the campus lakes on September 21 between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. to experience an engaging celebration of art.